Tales Of Frankenstein (The Face In The Tombstone Mirror) - Pilot
A collaboration between Screen Gems and Hammer Studios and written by Kurt Siodmack, the creator of The Wolfman. This TV pilot looks like a combination of Universal and Hammer Frankenstein movies.
March 2, 2014 Subject:
Tales of Frankenstein (The Face in the Tombstone Mirror)
Henry and Catherine "C.L. Moore" Kuttner wrote the script. They were a husband and wife team who, in collaboration under the pen names "Lewis Padgett" and "Lawrence O'Donnell" and individually, wrote many fine, seminal sf tales for the pulps in the Forties, most notably "Mimsy Was the Borogoves" and "Vintage Season". Here their script is fairly pedestrian, ideas in capsulated form that the studio would Hammer into the ground throughout the Sixties. (If you want to see an interesting and novel take on Mary Shelley, watch Frankenstein: The True Story-- excellently written by Christopher Isherwood and acted by James Mason and David McCallum. Only make sure that it is the complete three-plus hour TVM version available on DVD and NOT the severely edited theatrical release.) Diffring does makes a fine villain, as in the Hammer The Man Who could Cheat Death, or the plastic-surgeon-turned-circus-ringmaster in Circus of Horror.
I read somewhere that, when making The Curse of Frankenstein, Universal wouldn't let Hammer/ Warner Bros. copy Jack Pierce's makeup, so Christopher Lee looks nothing like Karloff. But here the creature appears pretty close to the iconic image of Frankenstein's creation in those films from the Thirties and Forties, so Universal must have approved the design for the TV pilot.
September 28, 2013 Subject:
TALES OF FRANKENSTEIN-THE PILOT
This is a good episode, and I enjoyed it very much. It had the look and feel of the Universal Picture'sFrankenstein movies.
September 28, 2012 Subject:
Tales of Frankenstein.
Original air date: 1958
Cast: Anton Diffring (Baron Frankenstein), Helen Westcott (Christie Halpert), Don Megowan (The Monster), Ludwig Stossel (Wilhelm), Richard Bull (Max Halpert), Raymond Greenleaf (Doctor)), Peter Brocco (Gottfried) and Sydney Mason (Police Chief).
The introduction contains stock footage from some of the Universal horror series, including the Brides from Dracula (1931).